november, 2022

20nov7:00 pmReading of Fossenvue7:00 pm

Event Details

Two show times: 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Performance to be held in the second floor Papa Bear Courtroom.
Sponsored by the Rochester Community Foundation and NYSCA
Suggested ticket donations $15/each; $25 couple, youth free.

For several decades Geneva suffragists Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller, and many of their friends gathered on Seneca Lake at a summer camp they called Fossenvue. Swimming, singing, writing, and suffrage strategizing filled their days and nights at Caywood Point. Inspired by research conducted at Historic Geneva, in the Library of Congress digital collections, as well as site visits to “Queen’s Castle,” Geneva playwright Chris Woodworth weaves together past and present, imagining the early days of Fossenvue and raising difficult questions about the legacies of race and suffrage activism today. How do we reckon with the echoes and reverberations of the predominantly white women’s suffrage movement in the present? How do we acknowledge the complexities of the past? How do we grapple with these thorny questions while navigating the loving and tumultuous personal landscapes of families? At its core, Fossenvue is a play about mothers and daughters. On November 12 at [INSERT TIMES] a staged reading of Fossenvue will be held in person at the Three Bears Historic Courthouse Complex. Woodworth directs the reading, which features several familiar local actors.

Chris Woodworth is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. For more information on her artistry and scholarship, visit




(Sunday) 7:00 pm

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